D-backs rookie Banda earns another start

Lefty retired 9 of 10 after 3-run first inning on Thursday

August 12th, 2017

PHOENIX -- The D-backs plan on keeping left-hander in the rotation the next time through.

Banda allowed three runs on four hits over four innings in Thursday night's 8-6 loss to the Dodgers. All off the runs came in the first inning, but Banda was able to settle in and throw three scoreless innings before D-backs manager Torey Lovullo elected to pinch-hit for him hoping to break the game open.

How Banda handled the first inning and rebounded convinced Lovullo that Banda deserved to stick around.

"He stepped back and said, 'I'm OK' and made some adjustments," Lovullo said. "It could go backwards quickly if you think about things the wrong way and process things improperly."

Blue stands

D-backs reliever made news Tuesday night when he came off the mound in the eighth inning and screamed "This is our house!" and then after the game explained that he was reacting to the number of Dodgers fans that attended the game.

Bradley knows that the D-backs are still a relatively new franchise and that so many Arizona residents are from somewhere else and have carried those team allegiances with them to the desert.

"We're growing a fan base," Bradley said. "And we're developing the type of fans we want to and we're trying to give them a team that they can be proud of."

Given their popularity nationwide as well as the number of ex-Illinois residents living in Arizona, the weekend series with Chicago figures to bring out plenty of fans of the Cubs.

"They'll be here loud and proud, I'm sure, and hopefully we'll be here to match them," Bradley said.

Back home

His locker is moved a few down from where it used to be, but otherwise right-hander has settled back into the D-backs' clubhouse as if he'd never left.

Hernandez, who pitched for the D-backs from 2011-15, was acquired by the team prior to this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"To be honest with you, no, not really," Hernandez said when asked if he thought he'd ever be in the Chase Field home clubhouse again. "But I'm definitely happy to be back. I've been put into a good situation so hopefully I, and we, can take advantage of it. I have some good memories so hopefully we can make some more."